Everton however may be the polar opposite to their city counterparts with two wins in their last 8 Premier League games against Manchester United and Newcastle United respectively as well as both of those results coming at Goodison Park, a tie away at Anfield may not be what Frank Lampard’s side need to sustain their fight to remain in the top division.
Despite this, however, Everton are coming off of a result against Manchester United and drew 1-1 with Leicester City on Wednesday, only managing to rescue a point via a last kick goal by Richarlison. To further add to the meaning of this fixture, Liverpool are still challenging for every possible trophy this season, including a very close title race with Manchester City and the chance to take that away from the Reds could inspire the Everton players to give it their all on Sunday.
Everton’s main threat at this moment in time would have to be Anthony Gordon who scored in their victory over Manchester United and is a local boy who understands what it means to play for Everton Football Club, the attacking midfielder also offers creativity in the attack as well as having the ability to nick a goal to give his team extra points.
Although this is nicknamed the ‘Friendly Derby’, Everton famously mocked Liverpool for failing to win the league in 2019, having been the last side to take a point off them in that campaign following their 0-0 stalemate at Goodison Park.
It is easy to forget that Everton actually won 2-0 at Anfield last campaign, ending a 22-year wait. The Toffees' away form this season has been abysmal, winning just one of 15 games in the Premier League, leaking 33 goals and scoring just 13.
If Goodison Park club are to have aspirations of competing to a high level in the future, then they as a club must stay up and spend their money in an adequate fashion, having signed lacklustre performers on high wages, meaning that their re-sale is virtually inexistent, hence why last summer, their signings tallied up to £1.8m.
Something that has also exacerbated Everton’s position was their turbulent spell under Rafael Benitez, where they sold arguably their two best players in Lucas Digne and James Rodriguez before sacking the Spaniard just after the former had been allowed to leave to Aston Villa.
This match ultimately sees two of the biggest clubs in England go head to head, even if the blue half of Liverpool hasn’t won a trophy since 1995, it also represents a chance for Jurgen Klopp’s men to enhance their title challenge, whilst for Everton it will be an acid test, to see if their players can muster up character and show the fight that is needed to keep them in the top-flight.